Blinds vs Shutters: The Decisive Comparison Between Blinds and Shutters When it comes to blinds and shutters, which window treatment is the perfect solution for your Cleveland home? There’s only one way to find out: compare them! Blinds are a traditional window treatment that have been covering windows in Cleveland for as long as sliced bread has been around. And shutters are a contemporary window treatment that has exploded in popularity in the past 20 years. Let’s explore how these two window treatment veterans fare on durability, energy efficiency, cleaning, special window shapes, and home resale value. Styles Blinds can be purchased in metal, hardwood, faux wood, and vertical styles. With more than 300 colors and textures to choose from, blinds allow you to match your window treatments to your style –right down to the pattern. Plantation shutters are available in Polywood® and Ovation® wood. We offer Polywood in three premium white paint colors – and a custom paint color program for shades of beige, yellow, and grey. Ovation wood shutters come in 28 wood stains and 11 paint colors. Durability When well kept, blinds last an average of 5 years. However, shutters can last more than 50 years. Energy Efficiency When closed, the thin slats on blinds don’t have much effect on blocking airflow and heat from outside. But shutters, with their thick louvers and tailored mounting, seal off the effects of the external climate. Actually, Polywood plantation shutters insulate up to 70% better than similar traditional wood shutters – and 1600% better than aluminum blinds! Cleaning Dusting the thin slats of blinds can be challenging – especially with the cords that run through from top to bottom. When plantation shutters are set up with a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod, all you have to do to clean the large louvers is tilt them back with your hand and wipe the louvers, unobstructed. Special Window Shapes Traditional blinds can only cover rectangular-shaped windows, not arched, circular, octagonal, or triangular windows. And blinds would only hide the exquisite window you fell in love with when you moved into the house, anyway. Shutters, conversely, can be custom-built to fit your windows exactly, regardless of their shape, giving you access to the view and control over privacy – while complementing your specialty-shaped windows’ elegance. Home Resale Value When your home is assessed for resale, all the permanent fixtures are examined. Blinds can be moved from one house to another, whereas shutters are custom-crafted and become part of your windows and home. In fact, they boost the value of your home not only by being a permanent asset, but also by being an energy-efficient one! We outlined the differences between blinds and shutters in this table for you. Choosing between the two window treatments is based on your style, your windows, and your budget. Blinds Shutters Styles Metal, Hardwood, Faux Wood, Vertical Polywood and Ovation Wood Durability Last about 5 years Last 50+ years Energy Efficiency Minimum Maximum Cleaning Difficult Easy Special Window Shapes N/A Customizable to fit any window shape Home Resale Value No effect Increases home resale value Between Blinds and Shutters, Which Is the Right Solution for You? It comes down to personal preference. And, when you’ve decided, we’ll be here to explain the process of designing them for your windows. Call us at 440-561-6787 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!